Today on Holden’s Obsession with the Gaggle

From Holden:

Little Scottie bravely ran away and turned the gaggle over to Terrence Trent d’Uffy, who as far as I know was not called to testify before the grand jury regarding Karl Rove’s treason and therefore does not run the risk of indictment for perjury as Scottie does.

Despite the change in briefers, the official response to all things Rove was not alterred one hair.

Q Trent, someone speaking on Mr. Rove’s behalf to The Washington Post and The New York Times has made it clear that he talked to Robert Novak before he wrote his piece outing Valerie Plame. Is that your understanding, that he had a conversation with Mr. Novak prior to that piece?

MR. DUFFY: We’ll continue to decline comment on this because it’s a pending investigation. As the President said this week, he doesn’t want to prejudge the investigation that needs to proceed. Past that, I don’t have anything to add.


Q Trent, is there any concern — yesterday, for a good nearly two hours, the Senate debated for the — Rove’s role in this leak investigation, whether or not he should stay in that job and whether or not he should retain his security clearances. Is there any concern on your behalf that it is a distraction from your legislative agenda on the Hill at this point, or it’s getting to that point?

MR. DUFFY: No, the Congress is moving forward on all the items that I just mentioned — on energy, on a transportation bill, on the budget, as well. So Congress is moving forward on the agenda of the American people. And that’s what the President is focused on. He’s focused on today, on continuing to grow our economy by opening up markets overseas. He’s continuing to focus on the war on terror and keeping Americans safe at home. Secretary Chertoff announced the reorganization of the DHS. So the President’s focus is on the business of the American people.

Q — the President’s confidence in Mr. Rove unchanged, enhanced?

MR. DUFFY: Nothing to add beyond what Scott has said this week.